George Laughery is a full time multi instrumentalist, playing keyboards, guitar, mandolin, banjo, to name a few, as well as songwriting, directing, and arranging. Born in the great city of Omaha, Nebraska, George has over 30 years of professional musical experience as a performer, producer, musical director, studio musician, musical theatre and film scoring. He has performed throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe, having played and shared the stage with the likes of Jason D. Williams, Charlie Burton, Murali Coryell, Willie Nelson, Carl Perkins, Michael McDonald, and Mulberry Lane. He has also played with Omaha favorites like The Confidentials, The Jailbreakers, Knucklehead, and the Fish Heads. George is humbled by the talent here, and glad to be a part of it.
Matthew McGuigan (Vocals, Bass)
Matthew McGuigan is a graduate of Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg, FL and has extensive theatrical credits including West Side Story (Tony), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Tommy) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical Director). When he’s not performing with his brother Billy, he’s the other half to the band Moses Prey. He’s been playing music for 15 years, and couldn’t be anymore excited to be a part of this production. He would like to thank his wife Christine and son Lennon for their support, and dedicates his performance to the memory of his late father, Bill.
Ryan McGuigan (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar)
Ryan McGuigan would first like to take this opportunity to say how much he enjoys getting to ROCK to the greatest music of all time with his brothers Billy and Matthew. He is a graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St Petersburg, Fl. Some of his favorite past roles include Joey in Tony n Tina’s Wedding, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and a Theatre Arts Guild award winning portrayal of Buddy in The Last Session. Ryan is a member of the Theatre Arts Guild. When Ryan isn’t performing with Yesterday and Today, he tag teams with his brother Matthew in the Power Pop Rock band Moses Prey. Ryan would like to dedicate his performance to his family: Kay, Harry, JoJo, Julia and Jackie.
Jay Hanson (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
Jay Hanson is honored and thrilled to be a part of this celebration of Beatles music. He has been a Beatle fan since childhood when he ‘borrowed’ his sister’s copy of the “Red” album, and his brother’s copy of “Abbey Road”. When he isn’t trying to decipher what guitar the Beatles used on which song, he is a freelance audio engineer/producer, and songwriter. Jay dedicates his performance to his wonderful wife Alicia and lovely daughter Campbell.
Rich Miller (Percussionist)
Rich Miller learned at an early age that playing a variety of music styles was the key to being a working percussionist. In his hometown of Hastings, NE, his high school years introduced him to rock, jazz, dixieland, and concert percussion. With the help of his first drum set teacher, Leslie Foster, Rich was well on his way to making drumming his life’s ambition. After high school, Rich attended Missouri Western State University and studied under Dr. Dennis Rogers. From 1994 to 1998, Rich attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and studied under Professors Al Rometo and John DeStefano. While there, Rich also served as the drum line section leader for the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band.
After completing five years of service with the U.S. Army, Rich joined his wife in Des Moines, IA. There, he was discovered by a Latin jazz group from Pella, IA, called Ashanti. Rich served as the group’s Latin percussionist and alternate drum set player performing at jazz festivals, weddings, and college music clinics. Rich continues to use his percussion and drum set skills performing with a variety of groups in Nebraska and Iowa. Since moving to the Omaha area, Rich has created The Chop Shop Percussion Studio offering percussion education to a wide variety of students. In addition to becoming a new member of the “Rave On!” cast, Rich and his wife live in Omaha with their son Samuel.
Rich holds a B.S. degree in Business and a minor in Music Performance from Wayland Baptist University-San Antonio, TX.
Colleen Quinn started Rave On Productions with Billy McGuigan in March of 2003. She is the visionary that has taken the company’s shows from their humble beginnings in local comedy clubs to their current position on the national stage. Colleen oversees Rave On Productions’ future endeavors and is always keen on finding a way to take things “to the next level.”
Kate joined Rave On Productions in the summer of 2007 after exploring the many options that a career in technical theater can provide. Starting off as a guitar technician and personal assistant for Yesterday and Today, Kate quickly became the stage manager for not only Yesterday and Today, but also for Rave On! and Rock Legends. By the fall of 2009, Kate was promoted to her current role as Tour and Production Manager. With Kate’s position ever changing and growing, Kate now also handles all national booking duties, in addition to her management roles.